We are tracking the latest rumors on Apple’s next release of Aperture 4. Here is our lasted prediction on the next release date:
- Aperture 4.0 – Expected to be released in April 2012.
- Aperture 3.1 – The current version, released on October 20, 2010.
- Aperture 3.0 – Released on February 9, 2010.
- Aperture 2.0 – Released on February 12, 2008.
- Aperture 1.0 – Released on November 30, 2005.
Aperture v.4 Wishlist
As heavy users of Aperture 3, here are some of the features that we would like to see the most in Aperture 4:
- Capability to add multi-layered text with transition effects in slideshow.
- File-type sort-able view in browser.
- Add list view in browser.
- Export sets of images as smart objects.
- Edit EXIF data – for legacy lenses on modern cameras.
- Allow external plug-ins for RAW conversion.
- Tighter integration between book design and iPad functionality.
- Better keyword management.
- Perspective/Skew tool.
- Copy & Paste formatted text to other book pages.
Check back soon, as we’re starting to hear things about Aperture 4 as well as the upcoming Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. What features do you want to see in the new version? Will v.4 be a bigger upgrade than the massive v.3 or a more refined update? Let us know what you would like to see in the comments below.
New Features in v.3
Aperture v.3 boasted 200 new features in their latest release. Among them are these central enhancements:
- 64-bit application tackles gigantic files and ultra-high definition scans.
- Non-destructive, edge-sensitive brushes apply corrections to images.
- Faces – face recognition & detection.
- Places – manually editable through GPS metadata and interactive map module.
- Flickr and Facebook support.
- New built-in adjustment presets and photographer community to provide additional presets for download.
- Advanced slideshows.
- Support for editing of video and audio files.
Aperture extended the functionality of photo editing and management for the Mac OS X, Intel-based computers as of v.3. It handles a wide range of post-production work for photographers including batch import and organization of image files, digital touch-up and corrective tools, slideshow creation and management and photography printing.
Key functionality of Aperture includes organization of images by keyword, face recognition, non-destructive editing of image files, working with GPS metadata to recognize places, brush effects (skin smoothing, polarization and dodge & burn) and exports to Flickr, Facebook, MobileMe and SmugMug.
The latest version of Aperture (v.3) is available both in the retail box and for less than half as much on Apple’s App Store. The App store version is only licensed for personal use, while the boxed version is licensed for commercial use.
- Master images (RAW or other) can import or migrate to library.
- Image correction tools – color touch-up, spot repair and luminance edge sharpener.
- RAW format Fine Tune – decode RAW over time and conversion parameters.
- Chromatic aberration correction.
- Autostacking – groups photos based on the time between shutter clicks.
- Customized printing & publishing options.
- Display span for large format viewing across multiple monitors.
- Zoom Loupe (50% to 1600%).
- Light Table workspace.
- Extensive search and metadata indexing.
- Simultaneous zoom & pan of multiple images.
- Groups photos with Stacks and automatically makes working copies with Versions.
- Supports Adobe PSD, PNG, JPEG and TIFF file formats.
- Complete RAW image format (import, edit, export).
- Nikon and Canon DSLRs – tethered shooting support.
- Non-destructive editing of images.
- Import from USB & Firewire memory card readers or direct from USB-connected camera.
- Extensive book creation tools and customization options.
- Full-featured full screen view allows for easy editing and sorting of images.